Coalville Make It Five Wins On The Spin
Coalville recorded a fifth straight league win as they fought to a 2-1 victory over an in form Witton side.
The Ravens edged a closely contested match against high flying Witton, making it six wins from their last seven games.
Tommy Brookbanks named an unchanged eleven from the side that stormed to a 5-2 victory at home to Hednesford on Tuesday night.
The Ravens made a confident start to proceedings, finding a fine opener after just six minutes, Daniel Creaney lofted a pass through to Nathan Watson on the right flank, who whipped a pin point cross into Tom McGlinchy, heading the ball past Ryan Nield for his first competitive Coalville goal.
However, it only took Witton five minutes to find an equaliser as Rob Hopley bundled the ball in following a cross into the centre, levelling up the score.
Blair Anderson almost restored Coalville’s lead a further five minutes later, with Nield blocking the winger’s driven shot with his outstretched leg.
The home side continued their positive response to the setback, with Creaney having an effort cleared off the line after 23 minutes before Watson stuck the base of the post with a curling effort moments later.
Steve Towers also powered a free header wide on 41 minutes before Matthew Coton came up with a big save to deny Albion’s Will Jones on the volley just before half time.
Coalville emerged for the second period with real intent, creating a big chance just three minutes in. Creaney nodded down Kyle Bryant’s lofted pass to Watson, who fired the half volley just over.
The Ravens then regained the lead in the 53rd minute as Towers smashed the ball into the roof of the net following an Anderson corner after a period of sustained pressure which also saw Dean Freeman hit the crossbar.
Coalville did an expert job of limiting Witton to few opportunities, with Danny Jenno in particular on hand to make a number of vital interventions.
Steven Tames came inches away from equalising in the 71st minute, letting fly from the edge of the area as the ball kissed the bar on its way over.
Following the chance for Albion, Coalville looked most the most likely to score of the two sides and created a golden opportunity after 72 minutes. Watson released Anderson down the left but he couldn’t find the desired finish, firing his shot straight at Nield after a surging run into the box.
Massiah McDonald and Will Mellors-Blair were introduced in the 80th minute and combined instantly to almost give the Ravens breathing space. Mellors-Blair raced down the right wing before whipping a fierce cross into the unmarked McDonald, unfortunately the Coalville frontman couldn’t adjust his feet and blazed over on the volley.
Coalville then put on a professional display to see out the final minutes, restricting the visitors to just one real chance of note in the final 10 as Anthony Brown glanced a header just wide.
The win now sees the Ravens lift to the dizzy heights of fifth as they continue to reap the rewards for their fine recent form. Next up for Coalville is a trip to Sutton Coldfield Town on Tuesday night before they welcome Stalybridge Celtic to the Mander Cruickshank Stadium on Saturday.